Reuben Shank

Doctoral Candidate


  • Ph.D Religious Studies, University of Virginia, [anticipated 2017]
  • M.A. Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2011
  • M.A.T.S. Theology and Ethics, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2004
  • B.A. Goshen College, 1997


  A critical survey of current understandings of religion in the young field of religious peacebuilding and a subsequent study of recent strategies and practices of peacebuilding developed by religious actors lead to the presentation of an alternate conceptualization of religious communities appropriate for contexts of protracted conflict.

Research Interests

  • Religious Traditions and Conflicts
  • Christian Theology, especially questions of the political and the church, messianisms and Christologies, bodies and suffering, and the reading of the scriptures.
  • Pragmatism and Semiotics
  • Hermeneutics and Phenomenology
  • Logic and Scriptures
  • Aesthetics and Ethics


At the University of Virginia

  • Theology, Ethics, and Healthcare, Fall 2012 -- T.A. for Dr. Jim Childress.
  • Spirituality in America: "Spiritual but not religious", Spring 2013 -- T.A. for Dr. Matt Hedstrom.
  • Elements of Christian Thought, Fall 2013 -- T.A. for Dr. Paul Jones.
  • Intro to Judaic Tradition, Spring 2014 -- T.A. for Dr. Elizabeth Shanks Alexander.

At Eastern Mennonite University

  • Monotheisms in Conversation: Praying, Reading, Reasoning in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, Spring 2014 -- Lead Instructor, co-taught with Amir Akrami and Niles Goldstein.

Other Teaching

  • Cambridge Interfaith Program's Summer School, Summer 2012 -- Intern teacher and facilitator.
  • "The Music of Scripture": 2012 Scriptural Reasoning Training Tour, University of Virginia, Eastern Mennonite University, and George Mason University, June 2012 -- co-leader and -head teacher, along with Ben Maton, and Dr. Peter Ochs.
  • "Scripture and the Sword": Scriptural Reasoning for Drew University's 'Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation,' June 2013 -- co-organizer and teacher.
  • Cambridge Interfaith Program's Summer School, Summer 2014 -- Scriptural Reasoning Teacher and Facilitator.


  • 2014-2015 Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship of the University of Virginia.


  • "Gender, Sex, and Love -- Margaret Farley's Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics," Nov. 21, 2013 for Dr. Paul Jones' course: Elements of Christian Thought.